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Set of Two Large Original Hand-carved Oak Panels from Vanderbilt Mansion

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Seller: s_w4 (295) 100%, Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ships to: US, Item: 182354966825 Two large oak cross-sections of the original wall paneling from the Cornelius Vanderbilt II 5th Ave. Mansion c.1880. These were hand-carved and installed by Italian woodworkers Vanderbilt brought to New York to work on the interior of the largest mansion ever built in Manhattan. They are surprisingly heavy, and the carving detail is incredible - each of the lions wears a completely different expression. The 5th Avenue mansion is one of the most famous and lavish structures to have stood in New York, and the very few remnants of the architecturally and culturally significant structure remain: the fireplace is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the main gates are in Central Park and the only two remaining sculpted friezes are in the lobby of the Sherry-Netherland Hotel. The full provenance and chain of ownership from the Vanderbilt's to myself is documented and accounted for. This includes sale and installation of the panels in the ground floor stockbroker offices of the Fredrick F. French building in the 1920s, where they remained until the space was demolished in the 1970s and only a very small sample of the moulding and paneling was saved - these being the two largest pieces. Panels are also discussed in the book "Notable American Houses". Dimensions: 47" X 25 1/2" Condition: Overall condition is very good; hand-carved panels are in excellent condition. Edges and sides do show some signs of wear and mounting, but they present very well. Marks: Very old labels on the back indicating the location the panels were to be mounted. Shipping will be by freight shipper unless otherwise discussed.

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